Eligibility Criteria

You must meet economic and academic criteria to be admitted into the EOP program. You must also be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment.

In addition, you must:

  • Have earned a New York State high school diploma or its equivalent or demonstrate ability to benefit from a college education by placement testing.

  • Meet the guidelines shown below


    - 75 or below high school GPA.

    - Have taken one or more credit equivalent courses.

    - Be a first-time, full-time matriculated student.


    Meet the income guidelines. The table below lists financial guidelines for EOP eligibility during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Household Size (including head of household) Total Annual Income in Prev. Calendar Year*
1 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647*

* Plus $7,696 for each additional family member in excess of eight.

Income Guidelines Do Not Apply If...

  • The student’s family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; or through a county Department of Social Services; or Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance

  • The students lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student’s natural parents provide no such support;

  • The student is a ward of the state or county.


Educational Opportunity Program

Doris Diaz-Kelly
Assistant Dean of Student Services and Director, EOP
Hudson Hall
Room 400
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone (845) 431-8037